Burdekin residents will have the opportunity to review and comment on Council’s vision for the $1.48 million Mount Inkerman upgrade.
Council has approved the concept plans put forward by U Plan Landscape Architecture Director Steve Moss. These plans will be on display at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch Library, the Council Chambers, the Inkerman Shop and online via Council’s website and social media platforms.
Residents are invited to comment on the plans from Monday, October 31, through until Friday, November 25. Comment can be submitted to Council via email with Mount Inkerman Upgrade in the subject line or fill in the forms available at the viewing sites.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the project would include upgrading the lookout, road, carparks and the construction of a walking path.
“This is an exciting project as it will provide better access and facilities for people wanting to take in the beautiful views of our Shire,” she said.
“Mount Inkerman is one of the premier sites along the North Queensland coast where people can easily reach the top and it needs this upgrade to make it a drawcard for visitors to our Shire.
“The upgrade will not only benefit travelling tourists, but also locals who use it for barbecues, picnics and fitness.”
Cr McLaughlin said Council was fortunate to have received two State Government grants – $200,000 from the Scenic Lookout Program and $541,341 from the Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
“It’s a condition of the grants that Council match these funds so the total spend will be close to $1.5 million,” she said. “This project is a great example of how Council and the State Government can work together to improve tourism in our region.”
“The concept plans for the lookout include slightly cantilevered viewing platforms which will house information boards and a large diorama which will tell the story of Mount Inkerman. There will be landscaping, plenty of seating and a consistent grade footpath constructed to aid those with disabilities.
“It is hoped the Inkerman village will also benefit from the tourists who stop.”